How a recipes ingredients are like a photographs creative choices.
CHEF’S BAD INSTRUCTIONS
Imagine going to a cooking school and on the first day the chef says that the secret to a great soufflé is 284 degrees for 27 minutes. You ask about the ingredients and they say, “Put in whatever you want, ingredients don’t matter.”
You ask “A teaspoon or salt or a cup of salt? He says, “Yes either one, you just want to be sure not to over cook or under cook the soufflé.”
This would not make any sense but it is how some people teach photography. They emphasize the technical settings over the creative ingredients.
TECHNICALLY CORRECT BUT BORING
A photograph can be technically correct, not too light or dark, and still be boring if it has bad creative choices. Creative choices are what makes a photograph tasty.
RECIPES 3 INGREDIENTS
Every recipe has three basics, 1. Time and temperature, 2. Ingredients and 3. How to mix the ingredients.
Imagine buying a cook book that only had time and temperature cooking instructions with bake or broil, sear or sauté but no ingredients or instructions on how to combine the ingredients. It wouldn’t make any sense.
TECHNICAL vs. CREATIVE
Many photography magazines list the technical settings with a photograph but don’t list the creative choices. The creative choices you make with your subject in front of the camera are more important than the technical settings in the camera.
If your photos have bad lighting, angle, placement, cropping, perspective and other bad creative choices they will never be good. Learn how to create exciting photographs that people will want to see.
CREATIVE SIDE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
If you would like to learn the creative side of photography, check out our LEARN TO SEE CREATIVELY photography workshop. Once you learn how to see creatively you will never look at the world the same again.